Part 1 of Virilio’s book— Open Sky
Critique of technology as we redefine “time”, “space”, “speed”
In these chapters Virilio articulates himself with verbosity and jargon. However, he makes a very intuitive critique of technology. Technology is replacing our conception of of physical proximity and this may not be good. What actually is real time?
A great example is facetime or skype. In our current age we have the ability to look at and talk to anyone who has a phone or computer regardless of their “distance” from us. Currently, we see this as quite advantageous.
I agree with Virilio that as technology advances there may be some far reaching implications that are not for the best. What if we get to a place where all of mankind can go throughout their daily lives without actually physically getting up and moving? To be clear—I mean moving and physical in terms of our current conception of these words.
Digital information technology has become so intrusive that it threatens to literally take over our lives. Apps on our phone track our location. We take pictures of our surroundings and then express our feelings on social media sites like Facebook and Twitter. Most of us pay our bills online and thus have all of our financial information disclosed. Our contacts, browsing history, music preferences, and more are all online. Security cameras are also constantly watching and tracking us. All of this technology is integral to our lives, but the next technological advancement is the most dangerous.
Google glass will ping you if it decides that you are making a bad decision. The reasoning behind this—an algorithm. What happens when technology starts making decisions for us? What happens when we begin to explain our actions by blaming the algorithm behind our technological device? We must worry about who creates these algorithms. We must worry about the intentions of these algorithms. In the Real Privacy Problem Evgeny Morozov describes this phenomenon as invisible barbed wire. If we are not wary of this invisible barbed wire, it may soon control our lives.